Honor is aiming to cement itself as one of the world’s most competitive, desirable smartphone brands in 2020 with a host of new handsets scheduled for release just before the New Year arrives.
So what do these devices have to offer and will taking out gadget insurance to protect them make sense even if they are more affordable than similarly powerful alternatives?
Both of the new models in the Honor View 30 range, which includes the standard edition alongside the Pro variant, come with 5G connectivity as standard. This is a must-have for 2020, given that this faster network will become more widely available.
These devices also share the same Kirin 990 processor, which packs plenty of punch for everyday tasks and should allow the phones to remain relevant for at least the next couple of years.
Up front, a 6.6 inch screen with a 2400×1080 resolution dominants the surface of the View 30 handsets, while a pair of selfie camera lenses peek out from their own black bar which is surrounded by screen pixels for that ultra-modern look. These secondary cameras are especially impressive, given the 32 megapixel resolution of one lens, which means that the sensor is higher end than many primary cameras on other smartphones.
There are some differences between the View 30 and the Pro model, with the amount of RAM on offer being first on the list. The 6GB found onboard the base model should be more than enough for most people, but with 8GB at its disposal, the Pro should tackle the most demanding apps and multitasking without breaking a sweat.
The rear-facing camera array on the Pro is also worth writing home about, with a 40 megapixel lens sitting alongside a 12 megapixel lens suited to wide angle shooting and an 8 megapixel lens that is designed for performing well at greater distances.
The View 30 Pro has a 4100mAh battery, compared with the larger 4200mAh cell of its more affordable sibling. This should not be much of an issue, because wireless charging is supported on the flagship edition with the smaller battery.
While Honor has yet to confirm how much it will be selling the View 30 handsets for in the UK, it is expected that they will be more budget-oriented than front runners from the likes of Samsung. Even so, there should still be a price premium associated with accessing all of these eye catching features.
At the moment, the Honor View 20 is available from as little as £500, so these upgraded examples may not cost a whole lot more than that.
Of course, 2020 will also see the launch of a wealth of new boundary-pushing mobile devices, with the Galaxy S11 from Samsung certainly likely to attract significant interest from consumers. That said, anyone looking for a 5G flagship on a budget might make Honor their manufacturer of choice, provided that the price is right and performance is adequate.